The state enterprise ANTONOV, which is part of Ukroboronprom, has completed the slipway assembly of the fuselage of the first of three An-178s, which are being built under a contract with the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, prisoners December 29, 2020. The work was completed almost two weeks earlier than planned.
The event on the occasion of the roll-out of the fuselage from the slipway was attended by Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine - Minister of Strategic Industries of Ukraine Oleg Urusky, General Director of Ukroboronprom Group of Companies Yuriy Gusev, Commander of the Armed Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Colonel General Serhiy Drozdov, representatives of others ministries, departments of Ukraine, partner enterprises under the An-178 program.
“Today is an important day for all of us. Less than five months have passed since the day when in this workshop, with the assistance and in the presence of the President of Ukraine, a contract was signed with the Ministry of Defense for the construction of three An-178 aircraft. And now we are attending an event that confirms that ANTONOV works, lives and will live, "said Sergei Bychkov, head of ANTONOV State Enterprise, in his opening speech.
Now in the aggregate workshops of the enterprise, the manufacture of the wing, tail unit, elements of systems and parts, which will subsequently be needed for the final assembly of the airframe of the first An-178, continues. This stage is planned to be completed by the end of this year.
At the same time, the production of parts and assemblies for the second and third aircraft has begun. Contracts for the supply of materials and components are concluded with Ukrainian and foreign partners.
The new An-178-100P is an improved version of the An-178 aircraft platform, designed to replace the outdated An-12 and An-26 military transport aircraft. The new medium military transport aircraft offers a combination of reliable performance and low operating costs. An-178-100P offers the following highlights, like maximum cruising speed up to 825 km /h and maximum flight range up to 4200 km.
The new aircraft is designed for fast and efficient transportation of cargo and troops. With a maximum payload of up to 18 tons and a volume of 167 m 3 (without a loading ramp 122 m 3 ), the An-178-100P can carry numerous bulky cargo, including vehicles. In the military version, the An-178-100P can accommodate up to 90 soldiers or 70 paratroopers. The cargo compartment also provides configurations for the transport of the wounded or sick (48 wounded on stretchers + 15 seated or 8 medical modules).